Jeter back in lineup for opener at Fenway

Jeter back in lineup for opener at Fenway

BOSTON -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter returned to the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Red Sox after missing two games with a bruised right kneecap.

"I talked to him last night about it and said, 'Unless I hear from you, I'm going to put you in the lineup,'" Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "And when he got here, I said, 'I didn't hear from you.'"

Jeter suffered the injury on a foul ball in New York's 2-0 loss to the Orioles on Sunday, in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. He was moving around better on Monday and said he expected to play in Boston.

The series at Fenway Park comes at a crucial time for the Yankees, who entered play on Tuesday trailing the Red Sox by 1 1/2 games for the division lead in the American League East.

"Obviously when the number of games dwindle down, especially when we're trying to catch them now, the games are important because you don't have to look at the scoreboard," Jeter said.